New features in Chaos Group's V-Ray renderer for Modo include: up to 7x faster rendering in scenes with many lights, improved GPU rendering, AlSurface material with layered SSS and glossy fresnel reflections, physically-accurate Glossy Fresnel reflection model, and Texture Isolate for easier texture placement and fine-tuning of procedural textures like Dirt or Noise. The update is free for existing V-Ray 3.x for Modo customers. V-Ray for Modo is available through permanent and rental licensing. More information on Chaos Group's website.
Channel Chimp is a new add-on by Apptastic Software that lets you control Modo using external input devices including game controllers, touch screen tablets and smartphones, MIDI, and OSC. More on Apptastic Software's and the Foundry's websites.
Oliver Hotz has released an open source tool that lets you copy and paste geometry between different 3D applications. The current 3D applications supported are Maya, Houdini, Modo, Lightwave and Blender. (more...)
Foundry has released Modo 11.0, the first installment of the Modo 11 series. The latest version of the Foundry's flagship 3D software brings performance improvements, OpenSubdiv 3 support, new MeshFusion modeling features, enhancements to Auto Retopology, improvements to procedural modeling workflows, a new customizable Tool HUD for faster access to frequently used tools, and more. The company now also offers rental licensing options ($59/month, $599/year) in addition to permanent licenses ($1799), as well as a maintenance plan for the later, which provides updates and technical support over the one-year maintenance term ($399/year). More on the Foundry's website.
The developer of MaxToC4D, MaxToMaya and C4DtoMax has released a tool for transferring 3DS Max scenes to Modo. The plugin allows for quick transfer of Max scenes to Modo, solving common import/export problems automatically. It also offers automatic conversion of scenes with V-Ray materials to Modo "similar" materials and settings. MaxToModo is being offered at an introductory price of $29. More on the 3DtoAll website.
Chaos Group has announced the launch of VRscans Library, a repository of over 400 (and growing) tileable materials scanned using bespoke technology that can produce an exact digital replica of a physical material. Access to the library is provided via subscription to the VRscans plugin which includes access to all the materials for 300 EUR, 420 USD, or 260 GBP per year. A 30 day trial is available on request. For more information visit the VRscans website.